Oh wait….it was mine! ::insert mental breakdown::
Warning to the 5 people that may actually read this blog…I’m having a bad week and I’m in a bad mood!
I knew that training for a marathon would be hard and time consuming – and I was prepared for it. What I wasn’t prepared for was being super busy with work and my “home life” (aka – all the mundane daily chores and taking care of the dogs). My husband is barely around anymore since he’s so busy and lately all the domestic responsibilities have fallen upon my shoulders – which includes the daily entertainment of my animals. Now before anyone is quick to judge – I know my dogs aren’t “children” and raising an actual human being is much harder — but gosh darn it, taking care of their needs is stressful and time consuming when you live in a tiny townhouse and you want nothing more than to just relax after being “up and at ’em” since 5:15 a.m.
Each dog has his own personality:
- Arthur (the weim) — is like velcro…to the point where I’m either knocking into him or tripping over him every.single.minute. Coming home from work involves walking in the door, putting down my gym bag and going straight to pick up the dog bowls to prepare dinner for them. Otherwise he will bark relentlessly until he’s fed. Then, since he refuses to go to the br in the backyard, I have to walk him –> which is okay because this is part of his entertainment. Arthur is like a needy toddler who is never content….he’s a constant whiner and a constant pacer –that’s just his breed and I get that. But it’ll grate on your nerves that’s for sure!
- Omar (the dane) — is a happy puppy that patiently sits on the couch wagging his tail until I go a pet him (which is usually while dinner is warming for
fattyArthur). He doesn’t need to be in my face all the time but appreciates a walk and some fetch. He knows how to entertain himself to a certain extent — if we neglect to “entertain” him one day — we are sure to find a ripped up piece of paper on our bedroom floor showing his disgust. He likes to be social and he goes to daycare every Wednesday to hang with his doggy friends. When it’s play time – he plays … when it’s chill time – he chills. He certainly has his whiny moments and couple that with Arthur’s personality and you want to jump off a bridge!
Since the hubs is so busy during the evenings – I am forced to come home from work and deal with animal feeding and entertainment. I think what’s really starting to wear on me is the fact that I don’t sit down (literally) and relax until 8/8:30 p.m. Which leaves approximately 90 minutes to chill before it’s time to go to bed and do it all over again. I love my dogs dearly….but after being pulled in 50 different directions at work, I want to just come home to a calm house and relax and not have a slobbery dog toy shoved in my face while trying to do so!
Meal planning? forget it! After said dog entertainment, the last thing I want to do is prepare homecooked meals every night! I’m trying so hard to maintain good nutrition during this training, but it’s tough and I find myself reaching for “quick and easy” things like sandwiches, eggs or pasta for dinner.
I will say that I am a bit of a clean freak so laundry and general house cleaning/straightening up happen on an almost daily basis.
I strive for perfection and I know that while I’m not “perfect” I aim to be the:
- perfect wife
- perfect dog mom
- perfect business consultant
- perfect runner
and when things aren’t falling into place …. I start to get upset that I can’t make everything work like a well oiled machine. C’est la vie!
Looking forward to 2 days off next week — I desperately need them!!!!!